National Cristina Foundation – 60 Computers

Computer Reach today served 60 computers to National Cristina Foundation members in 10 United States locations:

3 AK
10 CT
6 DC
6 FL
1 MI
2 MO
1 NC
22 NY
4 TX
5 VA
60 total

The National Cristina Foundation works to promote technology reuse by educating businesses and the public that technology resources coming out of their first place of use can be given a second productive life for developing human potential.

The National Cristina Foundation’s online non profit locator enables donors of used computers and other electronic hardware to select a local charity or school in their area of the country they choose to receive their donation of equipment.

The Foundation’s Cristina Network is a community of hundreds of organizations across our nation that we have pre-screened and have verified that they are a 501(c)(3) non profit charity or school and are working to help people in need benefit from technology training and support.

Through the Cristina Network, we provide free donation management system software and solutions for use by nonprofits, schools and public agencies in their local communities to manage their own reuse agendas to benefit people with disabilities, students at risk and persons who are economically disadvantaged.

The National Cristina Foundation and our grassroots partners are bound by the collective belief that technology re-use helps Link Life to its Promise.

Carrick Crestfield CJ July-August 2014

SOLE installation in Carrick neighborhood, a new group of Crestfield Campers and the CJ Friday crew with a bunch of new faces.

All are included with this weeks post.

Field and Factory

This week we share stories from the field

5 families from Bellevue, PA in the S.O.L.E. ( Self Organized Learning Environments ) study on July 17, 2014:

And from the factory

High school students from local districts on July 18, 2014:

The Heinz Endowment Interns on July 23, 2014:

Crestfield Camp and Conference Center on July 24, 2014:

High school students from local districts on July 25, 2014:

Thanks everyone!

July 17, 2014 Crestfield Camp Service Project

33 volunteers from Crestfield Camp and Conference Center gathered at Computer Reach to help with multiple warehouse activities.

Crestfield Camp and Conference Center
195 Taggert Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 794-4022


Crestfield Tackles 140 Laptops

Thirteen teens and adults, the Mission Possible Team from Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, were onsite today at our Computer Reach warehouse to recycle 140 computers.

Thanks to Aimee Spicuzza and Laura Smith for their leadership.


Part 1:

New volunteers at Computer Reach at Construction Junction and a new project in Pittsburgh serving Bhutanese refugees called the Pittsburgh SOLE .. Funding by The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Part 2:

The S.O.L.E. concept was pioneered by Sugata Mitra of India, now professor at Newcastle University in the UK. Computer Reach is deploying the self organized learning method here in Pittsburgh with the help of:

The Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Find out more by going to:

Argosy University – Thank You – May 2, 2014

On Friday May 2, 2014 a great group from Argosy University came to our warehouse at 214 N. Lexington , Pittsburgh, PA 15208 to volunteer a full day of preparing Apple eMacs for the Indian Nations here in Pittsburgh, as well as Linux computers destined for Ghana Africa. THANK YOU !

Computer Reach participates in May 6, 2014 Day of Giving


Please go to on May 6, 2014

Choose “Computer Reach”

Donations from $25 – $1,000 are matched.

1 day only …

Thank You …

Here is a video to explain:

Grassroots effort to give computers to those who can’t afford them – Post Gazette

TechMan: Grassroots effort to give computers to those who can’t afford them

March 10, 2014 11:13 PM
By Ced Kurtz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of the most ambitious programs to rehabilitate used computers and get them back into the community at low or no cost is concentrated here in Western Pennsylvania.
Computer Reach has worked with 824 volunteers over more than 13 years and has refurbished more than 5,700 computers. It has distributed computers in 14 countries and seven states — but a majority of the work is in Pittsburgh area neighborhoods.
The effort began in Pittsburgh in 2001 with eight volunteer computer techs, engineers and teachers working out of Dave Sevick’s garage rebuilding used Apple computers donated by local schools. To get them into the hands of underserved communities. members traveled to urban and rural food banks around Western Pennsylvania, seeking out people in need of technology …..

Read more of the Ced Kurtz article at the PG:

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends – Feb 28 & Mar 7, 2014

Many thanks to Jessica Ruffin and her team of Pittsburgh Public Allies for a great day at the Computer Reach warehouse in Point Breeze on Feb 28, 2014. We welcomed 29 new volunteers !

And on March 7 2014 we added 6 new faces at Goodwill on the South Side. Here is the video of both days … with a tribute to our Friends … because we get by with a little help from our friends ….